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We now only have one operational narrow gauge layout in this section of the club which is virtually complete, 'Castlefinn' 00n3.  Upton Dale was OO9 and was sold on and can still be seen from time to time on the southern exhibition circuit.   ‘Dingle’ 00n3  has been loaned to the Kerry Model Railway Association at Blennerville Windmill just outside Tralee).  Dingle and Castlefin are both OOn3 or 4n12 scale/gauge but have completely different characters. Dingle is an end to end layout, Castlefin is a circular layout - in old fashioned terms, a tail-chaser, much as Upton Dale was!

'Castlefin' is to be exhibited at;

4th & 5th April 2020. Elsecar (Barnsley).
19th & 20th September 2020. CMRC Saltney.
6th & 7th February 2021. Stafford.
4th & 5th September 2021. Liverpool (Provisional, nothing in writing yet)
18th September 2021. Birmingham, European Railways Group.
1st & 2nd October 2022. Wigan


'Castlefin' has been exhibited recently at;

28th & 29th September 2019 - Halifax

30th & 31st March 2019 - Sheffield

26th to 28th May 2018 - Bala Lake Railway event - click for details

27th October 2017 - Newtown Model Railway Society Exhibition Welshpool

11th March 2017 - Narrow Gauge North - Pudsey Civic Hall, Yorkshire

9th / 10th May 2015 -  Chester MRC's own show -  Upton-by-Chester British Legion

31st Oct / 1st Nov 2015 -  Merseyside Model Railway Exhibition - Mosslands School, Wallasey

Magazine / Newspaper appearances

March 1984 - Model Railway constructor - Upton Dale (2)

November 1993, January and February 1994 - Railway Modeller - Upton Dale (3)

December 2002, January and February 2003's - Railway Modeller - Dingle

November 2003 - Railway Modeller - building 5T  

December 13th 2002  - The Kerryman -  Railway buffs put Tralee-Dingle train back in model shape

May 26th 2005  - The Kerryman - History comes home as model of train goes on display in Dingle

June 2nd 2005  - The Kerryman - Model railway delights Dingle

2015 - Railway Modeller Annual - Dingle


Click below for some more of our favoured links.

On my travels  - this is where many of the pictures have gone (such as the WHR views and historic opening)

Doteasy photo album


The all new Ffestiniog Railway site ...   There is also a taster video - it will maximise to full screen and is worth watching!

Ffestiniog Railway Society webpage

Ffestiniog Facebook page for up to date stories about the railway

Robert Fairlie's article 'Railways or no railways - narrow gauge v broad gauge'  An online version to read at leisure!

...and the new Welsh Highland Railway site  On the left, a taster video for this too - it will maximise to full screen and again, is worth watching!  In the middle a video I took of scenery on the new, lower section of line, June 2010 and on the right 'festshopman's' video of the first passenger train into harbour station from Caernarfon. I am there but you will be hard pressed to spot me!

New Welsh Highland Society webpage

An unofficial WHR site which contains alternative material about the rebuild by Barrie Hughes. 

The official changelog of the Welsh Highland Railway (Portmadoc) for progress at the other end!

For more details of the Pont Croesor extension.

Talyllyn Railway

Vale of Rheidol Railway

Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway

Penrhyn Railway

Llanberis Lake Railway

Bala Lake Railway

Snowdon Mountain Railway

Corris Railway

Great Orme Tramway

Llangollen Railway

Pictures of several UK narrow gauge railways from the Bluebell Railway archive  FR, Talyllyn, Vale of Rheidol, Ravenglass, Penrhyn & Dinorwic Qy etc

IOM Railway from the Bluebell Railway archive


Lynton and Barnstaple Railway site - newly updated


Bord na mona - a site showing the location and some details of the various lines.

Cavan and Leitrim - Dromod Station - restoration project and the old version

Cavan and Letrim colour photos

County Donegal Heritage Centre - Donegal Town station

Need a reference for Irish Narrow Gauge Railways and somewhere to download a ‘true’ Gaelic font? As well as a link back to us!

The Tralee and Dingle Railway. An excellent site - fairly regularly updated

Tralee & Dingle railwayana (not a lot left!) and brief history


Above left; Video from Youtube of the line Past/Present with sections of film I believe to be from Patrick Whitehouse's 'Fair Days Only', taken in the 1950's. Centre; a short section of video coming down by bus from Gleanangalt.  As the road runs parallel to the railway for this stretch, you could easily imagine it as looking out of the carriage on a clear day!  Right; the short section from Michael Palin's Great Railway Journeys which shows the Tralee Blennerville Line as restored.  It also shows 5T in steam and pulling a couple of coaches.  Let's hope that the money can be found for this to happen again sooner rather than later.

West Clare Line for opening times (with map) and incredible news of possible forthcoming developments of the line.  Also many pictures of the old line on the Clare County library site

Two video clips from a comedy film featuring the West Clare Railway.  The clips are from "A Minute's Wait," one of three short stories that made up the 1950's John Ford theatrical release called "The Rising of the Moon."


Ordnance Survey Ireland have produced a free resource of 25 inch to the mile maps of Southern Ireland.  By zooming out modern 1:50000 maps are seen, but by clicking on the right you can access historic maps.

News from Irish Times about West Clare

Kerry in 1911

Photo of the Tralee and Dingle today (well 2007 when the railway was running!)

Article about soldering by Paul Titmuss - starting with soldering Paul's / Worsley Works T&D open wagon.

From the Bluebell Railway archive - I have tried to break the collections down with specific interest;

Schull & Skibbereen (3),  West Clare (13), Cavan & Leitrim (11)

Londonderry & Lough Swilly (32), CDR (2)

Tralee & Dingle (49)

CDR (inc Castlefin) (44)

CDR (7), Cavan & Leitrim (7)

CDR (13)

CDR (35)

Cavan & Leitrim (19)

West Clare (5), Cavan & Leitrim (2)


The Cairngorm mountain railway - a video of the downwards journey.  If you want to go to the summit of Cairngorm you have to walk up, not use the funicular railway.  If you go up by rail you are not allowed out of the cafe which is a few hundred feet short of the summit.  You can after walking up get the train down, which is cheaper and you can bag your first Munro!

Not narrow-gauge stuff but interesting / useful nevertheless!

Rare or out of print books needed?

More out of print books

Manx books

The North Wales Coast Railway website.

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Welsh Highland Railway (Caernarfon)/Ffestiniog Railway. 

 Above left; 'Millennium' having run round at Rhyd Ddu, 10th July 2005.   Middle;  The journey down having just left Rhyd Ddu.   Right;  Crossing trains at Waenfawr.

Below left; Moelwyn at Tan-y-Bwlch, late afternoon on 5th May 2004, the FR 'Interactive'  weekend.  Centre; Moelwyn with carriage No.10.  Right; Taliesin about to depart with the evening slate train.

Above left; Taken Summer (2004), the remains of the 4ft gauge Padarn railway loco 'Velinheli' in a shed at the Welsh Slate Museum.  Both the tanks and chimney remain rusting in an open shed, though at least under cover.  There may be other bits there too but the area is cordoned off and difficult to check. Also visible is what looks to be the reversing lever/handle.  Above right; The superlative view from the train as it crosses the cob.  Apart from the quarry which mars the scene slightly, this must be one of the finest views from a train anywhere and a fitting end to an excellent journey.

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